Love your sweetie and your planet with these organic ideas for Valentine’s Day, and make February, and the rest of the year, a bit more green.
Green is the new red for Valentine's Day.
Make "green" the new red this Valentine's Day. Show love for the planet by altering some traditional activities, making February a greener, more eco-friendly month. For example, Jodi Helmer, author of The Green Year, suggests:
? ordering organic roses for your Valentine, grown without pesticides or preservatives;
? surprising your Valentine with a candle lit dinner, turning the lights out saves energy;
? toasting your Valentine with organic wine produced locally (they travel the shortest distance from vineyard to table);
? snapping photographs of your Valentine with a digital camera, print your favorite images and store the rest electronically;
? onsidering the purchase of a piece of estate jewelry, the ultimate in reducing, reusing and recycling.
Going green is no small task. It takes a real commitment to change and for those who live a fast-paced, convenience-oriented lifestyle, the challenge can be more than a little daunting. What’s the answer? Take it one day at a time. Break down that giant commitment into 365 daily routines that will help make the planet a better place.
In her book, Helmer provides simple and inexpensive eco-friendly ideas for each day of the year. Organized by date, the green living tips suggest small changes and environmentally friendly ideas that make a big green impact. Flip to April for ideas on greening the garden or turn to November for ideas for a green Thanksgiving celebration.
The Green Year (December 2008, $14.95, ISBN: 9781592578290, Alpha Books) is more than a calendar. It offers practical, affordable, and engaging activities that help make going green a blessing rather than a burden. Daily ideas include:
? August 18 – Place tennis balls in the dryer to speed up the drying time as well as fluff up items like comforters and pillows.
? September 14 – Purchase a one-gallon container of milk instead of two half-gallons.
? May 26 – Plant mint in your garden for a natural solution to keep mice at bay.
? July 17 – Try the 100-mile diet – eat food that is grown within 100 miles of your home.
In addition to these easy green suggestions, readers will find:
? The “why” behind each activity – what makes it good for the environment and the reader?
? A quick “how-to” for any activity that requires additional explanation (most do not).
? Room for readers to write in their own creative alternatives.
? Illustrations where extra clarification is needed.
Check out the book's website for more information. Helmer is a freelance writer who specializes in writing about eco-friendly topics from her home in Charlotte, North Carolina. Contact her through her website.
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